Hello from France
You may wonder why I have been so quiet lately and why I am writing from France.
No, I didn't give up building miniature projects but sometimes in life, there are priorities...
So, briefly, as I am not keen on talking about health issues, here is what happened: In June 2019, after a scanner in Thailand I was diagnosed with a lymphoma B at stage 1, it means cancer. I decided to go home as the language barrier and the cost in Thailand scared me.
So I flew home, consulted the oncologist and started chemotherapy on cancer located in the bowel and the bladder. After 2 chemo sessions, things got worse and I had to stop the chemo to undergo surgery to remove a part of the bowel and a part of the bladder. The surgery went well but I stayed for 1 month in the hospital.
I am now waiting for the next chemo session on Monday and the last one in February. If things go well, I hope I will be back home in late February or early March.
In August, while I was here, our mother got a brain hemorrhage and passed away a month later, she was 85.
Now, I couldn't stay for days doing nothing, or just reading and watching TV. Building houses wasn't possible and as I have always loved carriages, I looked for photos of carriages on the Internet and started building a coach in 1/12 scale called a park drag.
Here it is:
And then I got 4 grey horses from Breyer and started to make harnesses.
When the red coach was done, I started to build a similar one, a bit bigger with a different color, based on this real coach:
I've asked Julie Campbell from England who makes amazing dolls to create 5 "little people" who will sit on the seats on the roof, the coachman and 4 passengers.
I met Julie at Kensington Dollhouse Festival in November and she has agreed to work with me.
The idea is to create a scene with a carriage, 4 horses and 5 passengers to look like a scene by Cecil Aldin, one of my favorite British artists for animals
I had already built smaller carraiages, a buggy and a dog cart,
But these two were a new challenge for me.
If you want to add a carriage to your house, I'd be happy to build the model of your choice if you give me a photo or an idea of the carriage you want.
I'll be delighted to read your comments if you feel like leaving one.
Bye for now and wish me luck for the last chemo sessions.... :)